Now: Pre-order Aurora HDR 2019 for Mac and Windows

At Skylum Software (formerly MacPhun) you can now Aurora HDR 2019 Pre-order for Mac and Windows. The tool for professional image and photo editing can also be used as a Photoshop plug-in and can be used from the official launch on October 4, 2018. However, if you pre-order from today, September 12, 2018, you can secure yourself a cheaper pre-order price. There are also a few other very attractive pre-order bonuses for Aurora HDR 2019 from Skylum, which I would like to show you below.

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Pre-order the Skylum Aurora HDR 2019 for Mac and Windows - starting today! Until October 4th, 2018 there are many advantages and bonuses for pre-orders!
Pre-order Skylum Aurora HDR 2019 for Mac and Windows - starting today! Until October 4th, 2018 there are many advantages and bonuses for pre-orders!

Aurora HDR 2019 for Mac and Windows

The new Skylum Aurora HDR 2019 offers, among other things, a new tonal value mapping technology that is powered by the manufacturer's own, AI-supported "Quantum HDR Engine". The use of the technology should help in the realization of particularly realistic high dynamic range recordings. The Quantum HDR engine was developed to reduce burned-out colors, noise and loss of contrast, while eliminating color and light errors caused by halos and imprecise deghosting. Three years of development on the part of the Skylum AI Lab have gone into it.

The Aurora HDR 2019 app, which you can download as a single tool or as a Photoshop plug-in, has other innovations. Here I have summarized the most important changes for you so that you can get an overview:

  • New Quantum HDR engine with AI support for the above functions
  • 11 new integrated LUTs support the use of calibration curves
  • New HDR Smart Structure technology provides more details, structures and sharpness without artifacts via the HDR Enhance Filter
  • The presets have a new name: Aurora HDR Looks (some looks included as pre-order bonuses; see below)
  • The revised, individually adaptable graduated filter now has controls for highlights and shadows
  • The improved HDR Details Boost Effect ensures that photos are displayed in high resolution while the filters are being fine-tuned

You can see all the new features as well as the already known but improved functions on the software website. You can find them with this link. There are many interactive sample photos on the site, on which you can use sliders to switch between the original and the photo version improved with Aurora HDR 2019. Impressive!

The price: pre-order, upgrade, purchase

The price for Aurora HDR 2019 depends on whether you pre-order or buy from October 4th, as well as whether you already have a version of the software for photo editing. Because the app is cheaper as an upgrade. Here is an overview so that you get an overview:

Pre-order Buy it later
As an upgrade 49 € 59 €
As a new purchase 89 € 99 €

More bonuses for pre-ordering Aurora HDR 2019

Not only does Skylum want to save you € 10 for pre-ordering Aurora HDR 2019. As the developer reports, there are still one and the other bonuses for everyone who opts for the updated professional tool for photo post-processing with immediate effect. I have an overview of all bonuses for you here:

  • Video tutorials: Visual and audio explanations and instructions by Trey Ratcliff
  • The Landscape Photography Handbook for Landscape Photography by David Johnston
  • The Burning Moods looks by Richard Harrington
  • Exclusive interior Aurora looks by Richard Harrington
  • A sponsored three-month pro membership at 500 px
  • A $ 300 discount for a multi-day photo tour

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If you are currently looking for a new solution for photo editing to get started as a photographer, photo blogger or the like, or if you just want to upgrade your Aurora HDR 2018 version cheaply, then you should pre-order Aurora HDR 2019 now. You can find even more information as well as interactive graphics for a first insight into the possibilities that open up with the software on the Skylum website linked here in the article. You can download the tool, which also works as a Photoshop plug-in, for macOS on the Apple Mac as well as for Windows on the PC. 

I have also received a license from Skylum to test Aurora HDR 2019, which I will soon use for a test report. When my entry is ready, I'll try to get an additional license for the Skylum raffle. If you want to take part in the raffle, you should register now subscribe to the newsletter, as the license will only be raffled among newsletter readers in due course.

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